Abram followed God to a strange new place, willingly gave Lot the best of the land, and trusted God to provide for him. When he started the journey, he didn’t know his destination. But Abram followed God anyway. I need to work on having that same obedient attitude.
We are in the middle of a “journey” right now, not knowing where it is leading, and I have a hard time not knowing where I’m headed. Knowing that God is in control and is leading us helps tremendously, but I still wish I could see what is coming. Yet it is for the best that we cannot see the future. God gives us His grace for each new day, not for the future. So why borrow trouble? Let each day take care of itself. Jesus Himself tells us in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Back to Abram…
“And He took him outside and said, ‘Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ Then he believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.” ~Genesis 15:5-6
So, first, in Genesis 12, God promised to make of Abram a great nation. Then, in Genesis 13, He promised to make his descendants like the dust of the earth. Now, in Genesis 15, God tells Abram that his descendants shall be as many as the stars!
We are told that Abram “believed in the LORD”. He followed, trusted, and obeyed God up to this point, but now he believed in Him. And God “reckoned it to him as righteousness”. We, as believers in Jesus, are covered by His righteousness. Jesus had not yet come to the earth, but Abram believed in God and God considered him covered in His righteousness. Abram became a believer.
And for goodness’ sake, if Abram could follow and trust and obey before he made the choice to believe in God, I should certainly be able to follow and trust and obey, with the power of the Holy Spirit, since I am already a believer. Oh, Jesus, give me Your strength to do just that!